Mighty Martin is in great form for leaders Oundle
OUNDLE could be forgiven for feeling on top of the local cricketing world right now.
The upwardly mobile club’s three Northants League teams can all be found sitting pretty at the summit of their respective divisions for the first time.
Mighty Martin Van Der Merwe thumped an unbeaten 158 as their Saturday first team crushed Stewart & Lloyds of Corby by 85 runs.
A knock of 93 from James Chambers was the highlight of the second team’s 90-run victory over United Social in Division Eight while Oundle 3rds are flying high in Division 13 after a 43-run triumph over Mears Ashby 2nds.
Fifteen year-old Jonny Dalley led the way with the second ton of his blossoming career.
Oundle’s Sunday first team are also leading the way in the Rutland League top-flight as they chase a second successive Division One title.
Another team with their sights set on honours are Castor. They bashed Brigstock by 97 runs to extend an unbeaten start in Rutland League Division Four to four matches.
Top four batsmen Luke Broekman, Kieran Rodgers, Ashley Rodgers and Mark Wheat all hit half-centuries as they posted a mean total of 291-7.
Captain Rob Vitas is already convinced that his side are bound for glory - so much so that he’ll strip off if they fall short!
“I have to say it is the worst stand- ard of cricket I have ever experienced,” said Vitas. “If we don’t win that league I will run the length of Castor High Street naked!”
Newborough took over at the top of Hunts Division One at the weekend thanks to a seven-wicket local derby victory over Orton Park.
An unbeaten 57 from Andy Cadogan and 41 not out from Jason Newman against his former club made sure they eased past their victory target of 134 in just 21 overs.
Sawtry suffered the mother of all batting collapses in their 67-run defeat against Warboys at the same level. Their last five batsmen were all dismissed without scoring.
There were plenty of fine individual performances over the weekend.
Acting captain Rob Tombs led by example for March in Rutland Division Two as he cracked a maiden first-team ton.
Tombs clubbed a dozen fours and five sixes in his unbeaten 116 as they saw off Isham.
Ryan Hyman celebrated back-toback centuries for Market Deeping 2nds with his contribution of 108no easing them to a seven-wicket win over Market Overton 2nds in Rutland Division Six.
Another man in the big numbers was evergreen Hedley Stroud of Bourne 2nds whose 110 was not enough to prevent a defeat at the hands of Kimbolton in Rutland Division Five, while Usman Sadiq was unbeaten on exactly 100 as King’s Keys defeated Oundle 2nds in Division Three.
Jon Dee fell three runs short of the century milestone but still played a starring role in Hampton’s victory over Warboys 2nds in Hunts Division Three.
Other big innings came from Nigel King (82no) and Shiraz Malik (52) who did most of the damage as Castor 2nds powered past Burghley Park by six wickets in a Hunts Division Two run-fest.
It wasn’t all about big scores though. Whittlesey’s John Watson had East Carlton in a spin in Rutland Division Four with seasonal best figures of 7-15 in their 77-run success.
And he wasn’t alone in producing fabulous figures. Fifteen year-old Jake Burton took 6-23 as their second team put the boot into Timberland with a nine-wicket victory in South Lincs Division Three.
Another youngster to impress was Rob Jacobs of Newborough 2nds. He finished with career-best 4-33 to lay the foundations for a nine-wicket romp against S & L Corby 2nds in Rutland Division Seven.
Tom Williams also impressed with 4-6 as Stamford 2nds obliterated Claypole in South Lincs League action.
AK 11: Pictured before their 114-run victory over Bharat Sports are, from the left, Mohammed Kashmiri, Hassan Qureshi, Bhavesh Patel, Mohammed Bashir, Abbas Qureshi, Noman Khan, front, Kadeer Ghazanfar, Zahid Nadeem, Mohammed Yousaf, Ali Shehzad, Tanveer Hussain. (METP-19-06-10GM065)